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Injury Count in Boston Bombings Rises

Explosions Near Finish Line of Boston Marathon
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A total of 282 people were injured in last week's Boston bombings, according to the Boston Globe. That's much higher than the original estimate of 170 injuries, the Globe said.

The rise in injury reports occurred because a number of people with minor injuries waited to seek care at hospitals. For instance, some people with hearing loss or ringing in the ears may have thought the problem would go away on its own, but went to the doctor after it did not resolve, Nick Martin, a spokesman for the Boston Public Health Commission, told the Globe. Some of those who waited to seek care also had minor injuries from shrapnel.

Injured patients were seen at 27 hospitals in Boston and the surrounding area, Martin said. Forty-eight patients remain hospitalized, and two are in critical condition.

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Rachael is a Live Science contributor, and was a former channel editor and senior writer for Live Science between 2010 and 2022. She has a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a B.S. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has appeared in Scienceline, The Washington Post and Scientific American.